Anxiety

Cognitive state of displeasing worry or concern with the feeling that bad events may arise; an impairment to well being, many supplements are anxiolytics (things that reduce anxiety).

Our evidence-based analysis features 42 unique references to scientific papers.


Research analysis by and verified by the Examine.com Research Team. Last updated on Apr 29, 2017.

Frequently Asked Questions

Questions and answers regarding Anxiety

Q: Does chewing gum offer any health benefits?

A: Chewing gum can provide health benefits ranging from improved oral health to reduced hunger and stress levels, but for some people these are balanced out by possible downsides such as increased headaches.

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Q: How eating better can make you happier

A: Food and supplements that can help fight stress, fatigue, anxiety, depression, and help you sleep better.

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Human Effect Matrix

The Human Effect Matrix looks at human studies (it excludes animal and in vitro studies) to tell you what supplements affect anxiety

Grade Level of Evidence
Robust research conducted with repeated double-blind clinical trials
Multiple studies where at least two are double-blind and placebo controlled
Single double-blind study or multiple cohort studies
Uncontrolled or observational studies only
Level of Evidence
? The amount of high quality evidence. The more evidence, the more we can trust the results.
Outcome Magnitude of effect
? The direction and size of the supplement's impact on each outcome. Some supplements can have an increasing effect, others have a decreasing effect, and others have no effect.
Consistency of research results
? Scientific research does not always agree. HIGH or VERY HIGH means that most of the scientific research agrees.
Notes
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All comparative evidence is now gathered in our ​A-to-Z Supplement Reference.
The evidence for each separate supplement is still freely available ​here.
Ashwagandha  
Inositol  
Curcumin  
Theanine  
Lavender  
Red Clover Extract  
Bacopa monnieri  
Caffeine  
Centella asiatica  
D-Serine  
Fish Oil  
Ganoderma lucidum  
Ginkgo biloba  
Maca  
Melissa officinalis  
Nicotine  
Saffron  
Sceletium tortuosum  
Vitex agnus castus  
Yamabushitake  
Yohimbine  
Black Cohosh  
Melatonin  
N-Acetylcysteine  
Synephrine  
Valeriana officinalis  
Holy Basil  
Phenylpiracetam  

Scientific Support & Reference Citations

Via HEM and FAQ:

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